VLOG: Is the DRC a mining hot spot?

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is a top mining topic at present - for the right and the wrong reasons. The country and the...

Water for all and water for none

Cape Town is not the first city to face a drought, but it is predicted to be the first major city to run out...

All eyes on Gwede Mantashe to resolve impasse in the mining...

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s appointment of Gwede Mantashe to the mineral resources portfolio is a positive development. Gwede Mantashe is a senior man who comes from...
South Africa

Cyril Ramaphosa can help solve mining impasse in South Africa

The mining industry in South Africa is in danger of becoming paralyzed by litigation and adversarial relationships that hinder our country’s ability to benefit from...

Low commodity cycle – mining sector facing staggering reality

With a low commodity cycle that seems to have no short-term end in sight, how will mines fund future growth and development questions Bruce Dickinson,...

The first 400 bar inert gas filling plant in Africa

The first production filling plant on the African continent for gas fire suppression cylinders up to 100 litre capacity is now open. Last year, Alien...

We wait …

In its presentation of its annual study of trends on the top 40 global mining companies, accounting group PWC noted that based on last year’s numbers there were two types of companies; the haves and have nots. The haves are predominantly Chinese companies, as well as Vale and BHP, those with a lot of excess cash to buy promising opportunities should they come along.

However, it does not really seem as if promising opportunities are coming along that frequently, or at least opportunities that seem promising enough for companies to abandon their new sense of caution. Those companies with promising projects are hanging onto them, trying to see out the downturn, rather than being forced into a sale of desperation.

Two-way, my way, or the highway? The value of simplicity

We live in a culture where more is usually better. Bigger cars and SUVs, more choices when shopping on the web, super-sized burgers at the fast food place - and even bigger clothes to contain our bodies after we consume all the super-sized burgers!

Is bigger usually better? Is bigger better when it comes to metering and AMR? That’s what we thought in the 1980s. Keep piling on the features – the accumulators, registers, data ports, display options, tamper detection mechanisms, internal clock/calendars, interval metering capabilities, load control outputs. Competition? My feature list is longer than yours!

Kenyan power industry evolves

The Kenyan power system has an effective generation capacity of 1,031 MW, comprising 641 MW of hydro, 262 MW of fossil-thermal and 128 MW of geothermal plants. Peak power demand stands at 920 MW.

  MI 4 2005 WV Kenya

The transmission network comprises 1,323 km of 220kV, 2,035 km of 132kV and 600 km of 66kV lines. Kenya is currently interconnected with Uganda through a 132 kV double circuit line. The distribution network comprises 15,287 km of 11kV, 5,973 km of 33 KV and 58 km of 40kV system. The 40kV is being phased out. Total system losses are currently 18%; there are some 750,000 electricity customers, giving some 15% of the population access to electricity.


Following restructuring of the power sector in the 1990s, public-owned generation assets are vested in the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen), which supplies about 80% of total energy. Three independent power producers (IPPs), a sugar factory and imports from Uganda provide the balance. All public-owned transmission assets are vested in the Kenya Power and Lighting Company Limited (KPLC), responsible for transmission and distribution functions countrywide. The Government of Kenya (GoK) owns 51% of KPLC shares and the 49% private shares are traded on the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE).

Between a rock and a hard place: Utility deregulation in New...

Having recently switched from investment banking on Wall Street in New York to leading a corporate team on Willis Street in Wellington, I am often asked to compare the quality of life and business climate between the two, and I always answer with a question – why did we not make the move years ago? Therefore, as a new and somewhat objective observer, I offer my first impressions of the utility industry in my adopted land down under.

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